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Summary of the course

This week, Beverley and Alex have helped you to explore the topic of stem cells. You’ve also considered the importance of prior learning in biology when developing a teaching and …

Q&A with course educators

All online CPD courses from STEM Learning provide an opportunity to ask the educators more detailed questions as part of the course Q&A session. The course educators will record responses …

Reflecting on your professional development

Well done for reaching the final part of the course, where you’ll review your learning and record your professional development. This step focuses on your reflection grids and revisits your …

Lesson planning task: making connections

The lesson plan you started in week 1 will now have a relevant context to engage your students and a well planned question to draw out students misconceptions. Classroom task …

Why don’t we grow back body parts?

Let’s re-visit the problem from the start of the week: our 15 year old’s amazing question: “If a whole plant can be grown from a plant leaf that’s left on …

Teaching resources

In explaining about stem cells it is important that students can discuss these in relation to embryonic and adult animals and also meristems in plants; often students only demonstrate knowledge …

Cauliflower cloning

This practical provides first-hand experience of plant tissue culture, a technique that is widely used in conservation biology, in horticulture for the inexpensive propagation of many clones of a particular …

Root tip mitosis

Usually when you look at a cell under a microscope, the nucleus just looks like a dark spot and you cannot see the individual chromosomes within it. However, when a …

The value of concept mapping

A concept map is a diagrammatic tool that allows students to organize subject knowledge, visualise links between different concepts and promote meaningful learning. It begins with a main idea (concept) …

Taking cuttings

In this section, we will look at three practical activities that will support your students understanding of plant stem cells and enable them to make connections to other areas of …

Teachers’ perspectives: making connections

In this video, the teachers we spoke to explain how they make connections across the biology and broader curriculum to support student learning. Jenny uses key words around the board …

Why make links?

Encouraging students to make links and explore examples of biological concepts in plants as well as animals allows them to gain greater understanding of universal biological processes. Here, we dip …

Helping students make links

This week we are thinking about plant stem cells and the importance of making links to other areas of the biology curriculum. The activities this week will support you to: …

What are stem cells?

This week we will introduce teaching and learning strategies that help you and your students to make links between the topic of stem cells and other areas of the curriculum. …